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“Fine dining and $$$$'s” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Saffron Restaurant

Saffron Restaurant
18 Buckingham Street, Arrowtown 9196, New Zealand
+64 3-442 0131
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Ranked #7 of 33 Restaurants in Arrowtown
Cuisines: European, Seafood, New Zealand, Asian fusion
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: The award-wining Saffron Restaurant, located 20 minutes from Queenstown in historic Arrowtown, is known worldwide for its fabulous food and wine. Tourists, foodies and locals all appreciate the zest and passion of this vibrant establishment. Saffron showcases the best seasonal local produce of the South Island. The wine list, featuring the top producers of Central Otago wines, matches the contemporary cuisine and attentive service. Across the historic alleyway from Saffron is The Blue Door bar, the perfect place to start or finish an evening. Further along is Pesto, offering a more relaxed dining style with a great selection of Italian cuisine. Suited to all seasons, Saffron has the choice of outside dining in spring, summer and fall, and a blazing indoor fireplace in winter. Open 7 days a week Lunch from 12 noon Dinner from 6pm
Perth, Australia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Fine dining and $$$$'s”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

Very hard to fault this restaurant, but beware of the budget as it will drain the holiday budget. definitely worth it if you want a treat.

Visited September 2012
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Melbourne, Australia
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50 reviews 50 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Fabulous Food, Fabulous Service and Fabulous atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

We read in Lonely Planet that this was one of the top restaurants in the South Island and happened to walk past so went in for dinner. Definitely weren't disappointed! The service was fantastic, although there were only 6 people in total in the restaurant :). The food was amazing, to start we had a white ball thingy on a spoon and we were told it was soup and to put the whole thing in your mouth and squash it onto the roof of your mouth....I wanted more!! My husband and I shared two entrees, crispy whitebait (which neither of us had had before but were convinced to try, when in rome as they say...) and the soup. Both were great and because we were sharing they split the soup up!!

I had the curry for mains which was huge and very good, my favourite was the crab curry! My husband had the steak and it was the best steak either of us had had in a long time.

We were both stuffed full but the chocolate cake was beckoning. Again we shared and the serve that came out was HUGE! We commented on this and they said, well there are two of you.

Overall a great experience and would definitely recommend. We also had our 9 month old in the stroller at the table and this was no worries.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Wonderful, personalised service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

The owner of the restaurant, Shammi, 'interviewed' us regarding our likes and dislikes, and personalised a menu for us. She was spot on. Every morsel was tasty. I would definitely recommend the restaurant, and I shall definitely return.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Queenstown
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Best meal I EVER had!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

Words don't describe how good this restaurant is. By far the best meal I have ever had in my life. Every bite was incredible. I HIGHLY recommend a visit to this restaurant if in the area.

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Sydney
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57 reviews 57 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Excellent food. A fine dining worth visiting if you have a car and staying in queenstown”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

The atmosphere was wonderful, service was great. Was very surprised to see this fine dining restaurant in a small town called arrow town.
Main is priced around $38-40 but if you want a romantic dinner or into fine dining, this place is a must. Asian infused modern cuisine. We left very full and content.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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